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Permit for foreign mother of a Swiss child

Hello everyone,

I am new to the forum and i have searched the forum extensively but could not fine exact answers to my questions.
I am a student in the University of Bern from Cameroon. I have a three months old son and his father is Swiss. He has already acknowledged paternity of our son and so therefore our son is now a Swiss citizen.
I wish to know if it is possible for my student B permit to be changed to a regular B permit. Because with my student permit I am not able to work well enough to take care of my child.
I will be very glad to hear from those who have informations about the procedure.

thanks in advance.
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Re: Permit for foreign mother of a Swiss child

You need to talk to the cantonal migration office to find out whether it's possible. It will depend on many things: who's the primary carer, whether the father is providing maintenance, etc.

There's a bit here about living together as an unmarried couple.

https://www.ch.ch/en/cohabiting/

Has the father actually registered the birth of the child? Just because he recognises paternity it doesn't mean the child is Swiss unless his birth is registered. See the above link re children's surname if unmarried.
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You need to talk to the cantonal migration office to find out whether it's possible. It will depend on many things: who's the primary carer, whether the father is providing maintenance, etc.

There's a bit here about living together as an unmarried couple.

https://www.ch.ch/en/cohabiting/

Has the father actually registered the birth of the child? Just because he recognises paternity it doesn't mean the child is Swiss unless his birth is registered. See the above link re children's surname if unmarried.
Hello Madea, yes the birth of the child has been registered. We had to register the birth before the recognition because he was told he can not recognise the child unless the birth has been registered.
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Has the father actually registered the birth of the child? Just because he recognises paternity it doesn't mean the child is Swiss unless his birth is registered. See the above link re children's surname if unmarried.
Proper recognition is a very formal process which can only done at the local
civil status office, the very same place where births are registered:
https://www.ch.ch/en/how-acknowlede-paternity/

Considering the birth of the child was also in Switzerland, then the Swiss citizenship of the child is instantaneous.
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I wish to know if it is possible for my student B permit to be changed to a regular B permit. Because with my student permit I am not able to work well enough to take care of my child.
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The father has a legal (and moral) duty to contribute to the maintenance of his child.
Do you and the father have an agreement about the father's contribution?
Is he doing his duty?

If you and the father do not have an agreement, then you should try to make one with him. Make sure you don't accept an amount that is unrealistically low. To help you figure out what you will need, at the minimum, for you and your child, you can see some standard example budgets here:
http://www.budgetberatung.ch/Alleinerziehende.94.0.html

For your own sanity, make sure you understand what you do, and what you don't need in your budget. Cut your costs by buying as much as possible second-hand, etc., and by sharing accommodation if at all tolerable.
  • If the father will not make an agreement with you,
or
  • if you and he have an agreement but he does not stickt to it,
and
  • if he is in Switzerland,
then the Child Protection Authorities will sometimes try to obtain the money (for you and your child) directly from him.

About the B-Permit.
In the renewal of permits of many kinds, the main thing that the Immigration Authorities are concerned about is that they will give anyone permission to live here who will not be able to pay their own way, and who will need to draw Social Support.

Therefore, when deciding about your granting next permit, the Immigration Authorities look at how much progress you are making towards integrating and being likely to progress to the point of earning your own living.
Factors include:
  • proving that you are gaining competence in the local language: reading, writing, speaking, comprehension
  • showing that - insofar as your current permit allows it - you are working the maximum number of hours permitted
  • building relationships with local people
  • participating in local acitivies (for example mom-and-baby play groups at a community centre)
  • passing your exams.

It is a lot of work studying while you have a small baby. Well done for trying! It can be very helpful to get together with other parents, so that you can share child-care, to give each parent a chance to concentrate on studies or on work. If you do this with local people, that will help you build relationships, too.
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Re: Permit for foreign mother of a Swiss child

Just an update on this very old post just in case someone else finds herself in the same situation.
I have just recently received a B permit to be able to live here with my son. It says "verbleib beim CH-Kind" mit erwerbstätigkeit.
For the process,
I received the form to apply for my student permit renewal. On the form i didn't tick being a student. I didn't thick any box at all and just wrote under that i'm the mother of a Swiss child and i will like to live here with my child.
They sent a letter asking if i still study or i finished, asked how i intend to take care of myself since i worked just 12 hours a week (as a student i had just 15 hours to work)
They asked for my social report and also betreibung. I answered the questions and sent in the documents.
4 weeks later i received another letter with more questions.
They asked how the father and I fixed the visitation rights and if the father was ok with it. They asked if i intend to increase my working hours, they asked for German certificate or a confirmation of registration, they asked for the custody agreement between the father and I and finally they asked for my criminal records.
I answered the questions and sent in the documents.
4 weeks later, i received a letter from the immigration office saying they have approved my permit and they have sent it to sem for confirmation.
8 working days later i received a letter to come and collect my permit.

Long post but I hope it helps someone else in same position.
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